Our eyes evolved to deal with natural sunlight not the unnatural light emitted from electronic devices or artificial lighting.

Eye health: An Ayurvedic perspective

Understanding eye health

Today many people work long hours in front of a computer taking breaks from work to scroll on their electronic devices. Post work relaxation time is often an evening watching Netflix. The overuse of artificial lighting has increased, and cities pollution levels are unacceptably high. All these factors place great stress on the eyes resulting in dry or burning eyes, vision related issues or headaches.

Our eyes evolved to deal with natural sunlight not the unnatural light emitted from electronic devices or artificial lighting. We absorb and assimilate so much information through our eyes that the constant overstimulation becomes overwhelming and stressful, not just for the eyes but for our nervous system too (5).

Ayurveda is the oldest health science in the world primarily focusing on the prevention of disease. The symbol of Ayurveda is the lotus flower. The eight petals represent each one of the eight branches of Ayurveda, one of which is Shalaka Tantra, that had ayurvedic physicians who specialised in the eye thousands of years ago (9).

Many herbs are suitable for self-care. However if a health condition does not resolve with home remedies we recommend using the information in Herbal Reality along with your health advisors, especially herbal practitioners from the professional associations listed in our Resources page (‘If you want to find a herbalist”). When buying any herbal products, you should choose responsible manufacturers with independently assured quality standards and sustainability practices. Check the label carefully for the appropriate safety and sustainability information.

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